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Available Now: Four LyricPop Picture Books That Will Make Your Kids Sing

LyricPop presents your favorite song lyrics by renowned songwriters as illustrated picture books, instilling a love of music and song among young readers.

The series continues today with four new titles! Follow the links below to order now. And for a limited time, you can get all 8 books for just $50 by purchasing our bundled set, or get any 3 LyricPop Books for the price of 2 by adding three books to your cart and applying code LP342 at checkout!

Respect, song lyrics by Otis Redding, illustrations by Rachel Moss
Otis Redding’s classic song “Respect”—as popularized by Aretha Franklin—becomes an empowering picture book exploring the concept of mutual respect through the eyes of a young girl.

We Got the Beat, song lyrics by Charlotte Caffey, illustrations by Kaitlyn Shea O’Connor
An exuberant celebration of dance and play in picture book form, based on Charlotte Caffey’s joyful classic made famous by the Go-Go’s.

These Boots Are Made for Walkin’, song lyrics by Lee Hazlewood, illustrations by Rachel Moss
Lee Hazlewood’s tough-talkin’ hit song (popularized by Nancy Sinatra) is adapted into a playful children’s book about the inner life of a jealous cat.

Move the Crowd, song lyrics by Eric Barrier and William Griffin, illustrations by Kirk Parrish
Innovative illustrator Kirk Parrish brings the iconic hip-hop song “Move the Crowd” to life for the first time as a children’s picture book.

“We are looking to include a wide range of musical genres—including rhythm and blues, rock, pop, punk, hip hop, and country—to create books that appeal to a diverse array of children and families,” said Johnny Temple, publisher of Akashic Books. “The idea of giving parents, grandparents, teachers and caregivers a way to connect kids with music early on through picture books is exciting. And when adults sing the lyrics as they read the books, it becomes a multimedia experience, introducing books and music at the same time.”

“The word ‘Respect’ means so much to Otis’s fans around the world,” said Zelma Redding, widow of Otis Redding and President of the Otis Redding Foundation. “And now to have the lyrics depicted and illustrated in this wonderful book is sure to grow a whole new fan base of young readers.”

“When I wrote ‘We Got the Beat,’ I never thought the lyrics would one day turn into a children’s book!!” says songwriter Charlotte Caffey. “The illustrations give a brand new life to the lyrics—I hope kids and adults have tons of fun singing them together.”

The first four books in the series: African (song lyrics by Peter Tosh), Don’t Stop (song lyrics by Christine McVie), Good Vibrations (song lyrics by Mike Love and Brian Wilson), and We’re Not Gonna Take It (song lyrics by Dee Snider), are now available wherever books are sold—or just click the links above to order directly. Respect, We Got the Beat, These Boots Are Made for Walkin’, and Move the Crowd are available for preorder. Forthcoming titles include Humble and Kind (song lyrics by Lori McKenna), and (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay (song lyrics by Otis Redding and Steve Cropper)—both available in March 2021—with many more to follow.

Posted: Jul 27, 2020

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